History

Ardent Mills was born out of a long history of community mills coming together. We are an independent joint venture of Cargill, Incorporated and ConAgra Food’s Milling business and we have over 150 years of rich milling history. Our history is tied to the legacies of the individual mills and facilities that form us, and we’re proud to look towards the future with an appreciation of the past.



1909
1913
1929
1940
1952
1973
1992
2002
2004
2006
2009
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
1909

1909

Flour mill opens in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, founded by Francis Atherton Bean, president of International Milling. This is where the journey begins.

1913

1913

Oat mill built as an addition to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan mill.

1929

1929

Milling operations moved from Moose Jaw to Saskatoon.

1940

1940

Opening of Humberstone Mill (Present day Port Colbourne). The mill has thousands of tons of flour sent overseas as foreign aid.

1952

1952

Purchase of Montreal Flour Mill, which remains in network today. The Montreal Flour Mill was originally built in 1909.

1973

1973

Oat mill built as an addition to the Saskatoon Mill. Commercial bakery mix business purchased.

1992

1992

An unmatched, state-of-the-art baking mix facility opens in Burlington, Ontario.

2002

2002

Horizon Milling LLC was formed as a joint venture uniting the flour milling expertise of Cargill and CHS.

2004

2004

The Montreal Flour Mill expansion project is completed, increasing milling capacity by 33%.

2006

2006

Horizon Milling G.P. is formed to purchase the grain-based foodservice and industrial businesses of Smucker Foods of Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.M. Smucker Company.

2009

2009

Celebrated 100-year anniversary of flour milling in Canada since first mill in 1909.

2013

2013

Ardent Mills is publicly announced as a proposed joint venture between ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS.

We announce the Ardent Mills® Way, our vision and values, recognizing that we are united by our passion to nourish our customers with the highest quality ingredients.

The journey continues when we announce Denver, Colorado, as the Ardent Mills future headquarters.

2014

May 29, 2014

Ardent Mills celebrates official day one of new venture.

2014

Ardent Mills officially relocates and celebrates opening of the Denver head office.

2015

2015

Ardent Mills welcomes the Streetsville Community Mill into its family. The addition of the Mississauga, Ontario-based flour mill expands the company’s presence in a key Canadian market. This mill initially opened in 1842, and is the oldest mill inside the Ardent Mills network.

2016

2016

The Ardent Mills Innovation Centre, a culinary, R&D and product development support center with lab-size test mills, a wheat quality lab and a product evaluation bakery, opens in Denver, Colorado.

2017

2017

Ardent Mills introduces Great Plains Quinoa™. Ardent Mills brings predictable pricing and certainty of supply with North American grown quinoa.

2018

March 2018

Announced the launch of a new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills, dedicated to exploring and providing food companies and foodservice operators with “next” grains and unique plant-based ingredients.

April 2018

Ardent Mills opens new Canadian head office in Mississauga, Ontario.